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Unread July 10th, 2006, 02:16 PM
TomJrzk TomJrzk is offline
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Default Re: free will, determinism, and morality

Originally Posted by alexandra_k
I like this idea because... Whether determinism or indeterminism turns out to be true I can still have free will and moral responsibility.
If my beliefs were based only on what I 'like', I would have hardened them long ago. My hardened beliefs are based on what I can prove; the rest of what I believe is based on my minimalist bent.

I know that you like the concept of free will, I would too. But I can't reconcile a belief in 'nothing supernatural' with something indeterministic. We can do nothing but what our brains tell us to do.

No, I don't believe that we can't ever characterize consciousness from mere neurons and their connections. WHAT ELSE IS THERE? And where does it reside?

So, you can not prove you have free will, no matter how much you want one. But you do have a responsibility toward our collective social instincts, if you don't want to be locked up.
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